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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants


Schedonnardus paniculatus - tumblegrass

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae


   
 
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Coconino county Bowribbon meadow
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Coconino county Bowribbon meadow
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Coconino county Bowribbon meadow
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Coconino county Bowribbon meadow
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  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Infrequent on dry plains and in open woodlands.
Plant Communities: Semidesert Grasslands, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian
Elevation: 3500 - 7000 feet

General Description

Desc: As its name implies this grass will look like a tumble mess of very fine leaves/stems. Leaves are twisted when dried.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Leaf Arrangement: Leaves basal and erect  Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): Y
Height with Seedheads: 12 to 24 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - contracted  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Jun - Sep



Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: One-flowered  Spikelet Arrangement: All around branches
Awns: Less than 1/4 inch   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: U

Flower and Seedhead Notes: One half or more of the entire culm, few to several 1-side slender, spikelike branches borne along a twisted stem. Spikelets in 2 rows on the lower sides of the branches.


Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: N  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat or folded  
Blade Notes: Blades 3/4-2 inches long, 1-2 mm wide, twisted in a spiral upon drying.
Sheath Hairy: N  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: N  Ligules: Membranous
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): N
Vegetative Notes: Ligule 1-3 mm long with a jagged edge in the form of an arrow.

Forage Value: Poor to worthless for livestock and wildlife.


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